Precision is so often the mark of Haut-Bailly, and that is what you get here: layers of carefully extracted black fruits, finely balanced, walking the tightrope, given extra complexity by smoked cedar and cloves. The estate found the same levels of concentration as in 2000, helped by close-crop thinning down to 39hl/ha (by no means over-concentration levels, but lower than usual). This is clearly a long-term wine. (JA)
Some might prefer this to the excellent 2000. It’s just as dense and rich but perhaps doesn’t have the same intensity and complexity as the 2000. But a clearly outstanding wine. Full body with plenty of dark fruits, chocolate and hints of earth. Drink or hold.
The 2001 is more expressive and generous on the nose than the 2000 and for me, it exudes more Graves-like character thanks to the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are scents of blackberry, pencil shaving, a touch of fresh black olive with tertiary aromas developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied but rounder, perhaps fatter than the previous vintage. Blackberry, graphite, a saline tang and touches of white pepper towards the finish that fans out nicely. (NM)
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